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A Tramp Shining

Richard HarrisAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002ONN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Actor Richard Harris tackles the compositions of producer Jimmy Webb with a crooning sound reminiscent of Sinatra. This is a lush pop album complete with a 35-piece orchestra.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last I heard of Janet... November 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
... she was married to some guy... Dang it...
I may never have heard this album had I not had a major crush on a certain Janet W., who I met at college. She kept raving about the album, and as a means of creating more common ground I picked it up, just to be able to flash my own copy (vinyl in those days).
Surprise surprise, I was blown away. Richard had always been one of my favorite actors, but nothing could have prepared me for the intelligent way he negotiated so many stunning Jimmy Webb songs. He also went on to repeat the dose on The Yard Went On Forever.
While the epic Mac Arthur Park was the rightful mega hit, there are many wonderful songs on this truly classic album. My personal favorites include Mac Arthur Park, Paper Chase, Didn't We, Name Of My Sorrow and Lovers Such As I.
No, Richard didn't have the kind of voice that could challenge Jack Jones and Tony Bennett, but he did have a very pleasant voice and this, combined with his exceptional acting prowess, enabled him to add a magic of his own to the already intriguing Webb masterpieces.
This is one of those rare comings together of two great artists who between them created a stunning whole that was even greater than the sum of the considerable parts.
Janet? I think she became an accountant... Sigh...
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this ones a lifesaver!! April 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you have a soul in your body, and if you have one shred of emotion in that soul, then MacArthur Park will move you to tears my friends. The first time I heard it was 1969. I was in a methadone clinic in Scranton Pennsylvania. Up until that point I was living off a steady diet of government cheese and whatever beer I could lick off the floor of the bar. It was the lowest point in my life people (well, '85 was worse but that's besides the point). I heard the heavenly strains of the baroque orchestra backing Dick Harris' sonorous voice through the padded walls of my own private hell, and I immeadiately yelled for my orderly to "CRANK UP THE JAM". I knew then that I had a new lease on life. The recording had so much scope, so much ambition. It filled me with a sense of purpose in this mad world and it soon became a rallying cry for my personal transformation.
When I play MacArthur Park for my stepson and his friends they laugh and tell me that it's "overproduced," has "poor arrangement," that "the chorus comes in constantly at anticlimatic times," that the the lyrics are "hilarious," the orchestra sounds "syrupy" and that it's a perfect example of "70's excess." What do I do? I tell them they're wrong, wrong, wrong!! This is the inner cry of a kid lost in a city with a heart full of sorrows and a head full of acid. Bottom line: MacArthur Park is 8.5 minutes of overblown easy maddness that will bring a tear to your eye and jump in your step!!! This is the soundtrack of YOUR LIFE.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one has ever done it better December 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was in college in 1968 and stopped at a buddy's house to bs.
He pulled out an album and said listen to this song. The song
was "In The Final Hours". He knew I had just gone thru a rough
relationship and felt the song appropo for my mood. I cried
then in 1968 and I still get tears in my eyes when I hear that
song and the album it accompanies. VH1 recently had their list
of the greatest 100 love songs of all time. Guess what-every song
on this album could've made the list. When a songwriter with the
insight of Jimmy Webb hooked up with a singer with the interpretive skills of Richard Harris perfection was achieved.
There has not been a pairing since that approaches these 2 artists and i feel safe in saying there may never be again. I can
only say that I feel fortunate to have lived at the time this
album was born.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Album That Defies The Logic Of Critics April 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I am listening to one of the most despised albums in history, still, after forty years, getting as many bad reviews as it got when it first came out, "A Tramp Shining," by Richard Harris.

Written by the usually-credible Jimmy Web, who has written chart-topping songs by too many great pop vocalists to even try to mention, A Tramp Shining, oddly, his biggest hit, was hated by all the critics.

Decades later, the album is still lambasted. In spite of all this mockery, the album still sells, and is still available new.

The album, sung by the most derided vocalist in pop music history, Richard Harris, counter-intuitively, stayed near the top of the pop charts for almost an entire year. The album has several songs that still remain in the pop music lexicon and remain classics for the creepiest of lounge singers. Such "revolting" tunes as "Didn't We," "In The Final Hours," and "Lovers Such As I," can still be brought out at parties for a laugh or romantically sung by ghoulish men into the ears of women who, after that, will surely never call them again.

Interestingly, I still like those songs. (My latest favorite from this collection, which I am rediscovering is The Paper Chase, later covered by Art Garfunkel, etc.) I can picture myself as a teenager, driving along Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles in my car, feeling very emotional about some of the cuts on this album.

I would like to spend a moment recounting my two favorites. The first is "A Tramp Shining.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love A tramp Shining
Richard Harris was a trip down memory lane for me back in the sixties.
Published 15 days ago by Sally W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It arrived in great condition. It was just like I remembered it.
Published 17 days ago by Lynette Pebernat
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have For Your Collection
I had purchased Richard Harris's CD Songs of Jimmy Webb and it enjoyed it so much I decided to buy this CD. I was not disappointed! He really sounds as if he is singing to you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sparto16
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Darlene M. Zaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius of Tramp Shining
One the most influential recordings of the 60's. Jimmy Webb showing his pure genius lyrics while creating some of the most melodic lines in contemporary songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Saxman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
I assume most younger readers may not be aware of Richard Harris except in old movies. This was a great album of songs written by Jimmy Webb and song by Richard Harris during the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tarnished
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It brought back a lot of great memories
Published 3 months ago by john punch
5.0 out of 5 stars It's one of my favorite songs ever and Richard Harris does a fantastic...
Bought the CD for McArthur Park. It's one of my favorite songs ever and Richard Harris does a fantastic job with it!
Published 3 months ago by Janet A.
2.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, Richard Harris, how missed you are ~
I can get really sappy about Richard Harris, but cannot say I like this CD. It isn't Harris singing I don't like, but his choice of the song writer who I know nothing about. Read more
Published 4 months ago by navajo spirit
4.0 out of 5 stars An oldie
While I remembered this album as being a bit different than the CD is, it is never-the-less a trip back thru time. It is most enjoyable and a welcome addition to my music library.
Published 5 months ago by Ann G. Jacobs
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